Mustache Costume Ideas

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Mustache Costume Ideas
While false moustaches are used in some costumes, a real moustache can limit options. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Facial hair in the form of a beard, goatee or moustache represents a personal choice in terms of appearance. When it comes to creating Halloween costumes, a moustache can present a challenge. Costumes with make-up might not work with facial hair. Iconic characters like James Bond or Superman aren't seen with a moustache. One option around the problem involves shaving. A less drastic approach, though, can be found by seeking out costumes that exploit the moustache.

Real People

Some famous people from history have worn moustaches. Basing a costume on one of them presents a good choice. Not all moustaches are the same, so it's important to choose a person with a similar style and colour moustache. One of the most notorious historical figures is Adolf Hitler, making it a controversial choice. Other options include Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King and Groucho Marx. Rock musicians like Frank Zappa, Weird Al Yankovic and George Harrison also work, as do actors Clark Gable and Burt Reynolds.

Movie and Television Characters

Characters from movies and television often feature moustaches, but again, find a character with similar facial hair. While Hulk Hogan is a real person, the actual "Hulk Hogan" concept is essentially a character and one option. Tony Stark in "Iron Man," as portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. presents another possibility. Borat is another recent movie entry. The various incarnations of Cheech, of "Cheech and Chong" fame, always featured a bushy moustache. Tom Selleck as "Magnum PI" presents another choice.

Archetype and Other Characters

Certain character types are well suited for moustaches. Cowboys fit that bill nicely. The archetypal villain tying a damsel to the railroad tracks sported a moustache. Fu Manchu is not only a character, but also a type of moustache. Loony Tunes character Yosemite Sam presents a Halloween costume option with a moustache. Mario and Luigi of Mario Brothers both wore moustaches. Don't forget Ned Flanders from "The Simpsons" or Hercule Peroit from the Agatha Christie series of novels. Captain Hook from "Peter Pan" is another choice.

Off The Wall Ideas

Thinking completely outside the box can reveal some interesting ideas for moustache costumes, both for those with and without facial hair. One such costume would be to dress as a moustache. Wear all black and create a moustache mask from cardboard or plastic by cutting to shape and covering with hair. A reverse moustache would be an intriguing costume, too. Take any full face make-up and cut out the area above the lips in the shape of a moustache. Then glue hair to the rest of the mask.

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